The Province has announced that they’ve reached an agreement with the Saulteau First Nations that will see the groups work in partnership in managing lands and resources, including within the Peace-Moberly tract. The agreement gives the Saulteau First Nations a stronger role in stewardship of wildlife resources, forest licensing opportunities, and watershed planning.
A release from the Province states among the agreement are provisions for natural resource development revenue and benefit sharing.
Chief Nathan Parenteau of the Saulteau First Nations said in the release, “This agreement is an important first step towards the recognition of our long-held Treaty rights. Our work together to preserve some of our most significant areas will help us maintain and strengthen our Treaty 8 rights, and our culture and traditions for present and future generations. The agreement also has the potential to help our community achieve its other goals, and it can be the beginning of a more balanced and respectful future relationship between the Province and our Nation. I look forward to working with the ministers on implementing the agreement and other sustainable development initiatives. In the spirit of moving forward together, industry must also begin to respect our Treaty rights, listen to our voices, and work with us to find solutions, in the same meaningful way that the Province is doing.”
Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman said, “This agreement ensures the Saulteau First Nations will continue to benefit socially, culturally and economically from resource development, while providing greater protection for important historic and spiritual areas. Our comprehensive approach to including First Nations as active partners in resource development is building momentum and First Nations’ support for natural gas development in B.C.”